Friends in step for fundraiser walk

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

BEST friends Wil Sch­wa­ger­mann (8) and Lily Mc­Cain (8) are team­ing up with their fam­i­lies for this week­end’s Step Up! for Down Syn­drome in Vic­to­ria Park.

Their team, The Wil and Lil Squad, set a $1000 fundrais­ing tar­get for the Oc­to­ber 15 event at McCal­lum Park.

Nikki Sch­wa­ger­mann said her fam­ily had taken part in the an­nual walk ev­ery year since Wil was five months old and it was a way they could give back to Down Syn­drome WA.

“They helped me in the early days,” she said.

She had re­ceived new par­ent packs and ed­u­ca­tion sup­port from the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Mrs Sch­wa­ger­mann said it also helped her meet other fam­i­lies with chil­dren who had Down Syn­drome through morn­ing teas and play­groups.

The Wan­neroo boy re­cently fea­tured in a Best & Less re­tail chain cat­a­logue after be­ing se­lected in a national tal­ent search.

“He loves be­ing in front of the cam­era and see­ing him­self in the cat­a­logue,” Mrs Sch­wa­ger­mann said.

“He was tak­ing that around and show­ing ev­ery­one.

“As a fam­ily we think it’s im­por­tant to show di­ver­sity in ad­ver­tis­ing.”

He beat more than 720 chil­dren to star in the com­pany’s re­cent school holiday cat­a­logue shoot in Syd­ney.

Sun­day’s 4km walk co­in­cides with Down Syn­drome Pic­ture: KTJ Pho­tog­ra­phy Aware­ness Month and free ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude a bouncy cas­tle, face paint­ing, pony rides, an­i­mal farm, photo booth, Ra­dio Lol­lipop, sausage siz­zle, food vans and market stalls. Lucy Jarvis

Wil Sch­wa­ger­mann and Lily Mc­Cain.

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